Research - An Exploration of the Barriers Preventing Men from Seeking Help for Eating Disorders - 24/01/18

Study Title: An Exploration of the Barriers Preventing Men from Seeking Help for Eating Disorders - Jan 2018

The purpose of this study is to explore what barriers prevent men from seeking help for eating disorders. The specific aims and objectives of the study are; to look at the experience of men when seeking help for an eating disorder, to explore the barriers preventing men from seeking help for an eating disorder and to look at what social factors influence men’s help seeking.

Who can take part?

To be eligible for participation, you must be male, over the age of 18 and identify yourself as having an eating disorder. A clinical diagnosis is not required.

What will my participation involve?

This study will be conducted via semi-structured email interviews. The researcher will email you a group of questions at a time and you will respond to that email with your answers to those questions. Email interviews are expected to be conducted with each participant for approximately one week. Once the researcher has emailed you a group of questions, it is hoped that you will respond to that email within two days and the researcher is committed to responding to your email within one day.

Ethics

This study has received ethical approval from Nottingham Trent University’s School of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

How to Sign Up

If you would like to sign up for this research or would like any further information, please email either:

Student Researcher: Sarah Lawlor, [email protected]

Research Supervisor: Niamh McNamara, [email protected]


“I had consistently been losing weight for more than 8 months and had become accustomed to eating very little. This triggered a return of my anorexia, after a 20-year period of recovery. SWEDA were able to offer me an appointment the very next day. When we met I was feeling very ill and frightened.I spoke to them about my fears, but then took the decision to go to my doctor on the way home. I was admitted to hospital within a few days.”

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